What does God see when He looks at us?


“God has not beheld iniquity in Jacob [for he is forgiven], neither has He seen 

mischief or perverseness in Israel [for the same reason]. The Lord their God 

is with Israel, and the shout of praise to their King is among their people.” 

Numbers 23:21

 

This is a pretty amazing verse if you ask me. Balak hired Balaam to curse

the people of Israel but things were not going according to his plan.

Blessing was happening instead of cursing. Balaam could only speak what YAH

told him. But that’s not the amazing bit, whats amazing are the words YAH put in

Balaam’s mouth to speak (declare).

 

Up to this point Israel had rebelled against YAH in so many ways. They were back

in the desert because they failed to believe YAH could take them to the promise land

even though they were by the “door”.

 

They complained, tested, grumbled, and worshipped other gods (the golden calf) so you would think

YAH would allow the cursing to happen as a way of punishment for all the wrong things they

had done to that point. But that is not what happened.

 

Instead of allowing Balaam to curse them, He let him bless them!

He had forgiven them completely. Through all the bad they did and all the bad they were

going to do YAH still forgave them. He didn’t hold their sin against them.

This is a picture of how merciful our God is. We deserve worse because of our sin

but that’s not what we get.

The Israelites failed YAH so many times and yet He still loved them, He still forgave them,

He stopped Balaam from cursing them.

Do we really understand how great YAH’s love is for us?

I think the enemy lies to us that our sin is unbearable to YAH and because it’s so

unbearable, He will keep His distance from us. That’s a lie.

 

I am not saying it’s okay to sin, what I am saying is that YAH loves us no matter what.

There are consequences for sin and that is shown by the Israelites who never made it into the

promise land because of their unbelief.

 

But to say that the Lord hates us and can’t stand us because of sin is a lie. When He sees

us, He sees His children. He loves us so much.

You may have messed up and are continuing to mess up but know that you can repent.

Confidently cry out to Him when you fall. He doesn’t disown you when you sin. He picks

you up and that’s how much He loves us

We are truly blessed….

 

Rolain

 

 

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He Forgives. . .


Lord, You have [at last] been favourable and have dealt graciously with Your land [of Canaan]; You have brought back [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob.
You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of your people, You have covered all their sin.
Selah [pause, and calmly realise what that means]!
Psalms 85:1,2

What a powerful picture of God’s grace and mercy. He is truly amazing. We know why Israel was taken captive to Babylon. They committed sin after sin. They kept on testing God with the things they did. They complained about the manna. They didn’t trust Him to provide for them. They sacrificed their children in fire to other gods. They followed the ways of the other heathen nations, something God had commanded against. The list is endless!

But this is where we see God’s amazing grace in action. After all the things they did God still forgave them. He covered all their sin. Despite straying so far away, God forgave them!!

What does that mean for us? It means hope for us. What sin have you committed? Are you in a place where you think you are beyond forgiving?

Just know, there is hope. God will forgive you if you come to Him. He wants to forgive you. He has not shut you out. There is no sin that is too big for Him to forgive. Look to Him. He has extended His mercy and grace to you. No matter how far you have strayed remember the Israelites. Remember God’s amazing grace…..

Rolain.P